Rainbow Over an Empty Park

I’ve been reading a book that takes letters and notes from Monet and either by date or by subject ties them back to the paintings he was working on at the time. It’s extremely interesting to see how his feelings and emotions changed as the subject of his work changed, and how he was always his own biggest critic. A couple sayings that he had really struck me, and this one in particular seemed to match up with my photo of the day.

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value. – Claude Monet

The day started out clear, yet a bit crisp. A fairly large and ominous cloud moved in as we were making our way around the city, and by the time we made it into the botanical gardens it was almost upon us. Before the rain arrived, I spotted this rainbow over the city, and quickly moved to an open area to capture as much of it as possible. I may or may not have seen several people enter a fountain shortly after it started raining, and one guy with a camera said ‘I’m already soaked, might as well get in the fountain.’

Rainbow Sydney William Woodward